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The 1974 label indicates “Stone Creek Vineyards, Produced and Bottled by Stone Creek Cellars” of Rutherford. This brand was first registered as a “fictitious business name” in 1977 by Sonoma Vineyards at 11455 Old Redwood Highway. Sonoma Vineyards was the winery of Rodney Strong, who bonded his first winery in 1960 and soon built a large mail-order business during the Californian wine boom. He went public, but by 1975, overexpansion to some 5,000 acres led Sonoma Vineyard to near bankruptcy. That year Renfield Imports acquired 47% of Sonoma Vineyards. Production was reduced and an emphasis was placed on quality. This bottle dates from the turn-around period. The label was later registered as a fictitious business name by L. Foppiano Wine Co. in 1982. The 1978 label indicates “Stone Creek Cellars, Cellared and Bottled by Stone Creek Cellars” of Geyserville. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 12.5%. Cherry flavors and zippy acidity quickly confirm this wine is in very fine shape with plenty of life ahead. Notes of saddle leather and an earthy hint come out with a touch of air. Zippy acidity carries the flavors through the fresh finish, and long aftertaste. It even develops an animale note that adds complexity. ***(*) Now – 2025.
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